Staying at hotels while traveling is becoming less and less common as popular companies like Airbnb help homeowners and renters temporarily rent out spare rooms. On the surface, this might seem like an obvious solution for people in Michigan who have an extra room and need a few extra dollars, but there are serious issues with the increasingly popular practice. Distinct landlord/tenant issues have risen as tourists continue to search for bargain places to stay.
Landlords are especially hesitant to jump on board with the practice of apartment renters going on to rent out their spare rooms or entire apartment spaces. Safety is one of their most commonly cited concerns, while an increase in traffic and activity is usually close behind. There is also the question of whether the practice is even legal for most renters, as the vast majority of apartment leases already strictly prohibit tenants from subletting, which includes the types of short-term rentals that Airbnb typically offers.